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Three Indian Americans named winners of EY regional mid-west competition

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CHICAGO (Diya TV) — Three Indian Americans — Sonny Kakar, Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal — have been named winners in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year regional competitions.

Kakar, chief executive officer at Fairfax, Va.-based Sevatec, won in the government services category. He is also the founder and chairman of the company. Kaka additionally serves as the president and executive director of the SevaTruck Foundation.

Prior to founding Sevatec in 2003, the University of Maryland graduate served as the vice president of capitol area operations at Karta Technologies Inc., environmental engineer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and sales manager at Capital Imports Ltd.

Shah and Agarwal are both executives at Chicago, Ill.-based ContextMedia with Shah serving as the founder and CEO and Agarwal as the co-founder and president.

The latter duo were named winners in the category of business services.

Shah, who serves on the board of numerous companies, co-founded the personal venture investment firm, Jumpstart Ventures. This in addition to his founding of the Northwestern University publication, NBR, from where he graduated.

Agarwal co-founded Jumpstart alongside Shah, and she also serves as a partner of SVP Chicago and a board member of OneGoal, Chicago Children’s Choir and Urban Alliance. She is additionally a leadership council member at the Chicago Public Education Fund, a committee member at the Economic Club of Chicago, and a mentor at Blueprint Health LLC.

As regional winners, the three are eligible for consideration in Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year national program. The national winner will be named Nov. 19 in Palm Springs, Calif.

The winner of the national program then will have the chance to compete in the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year in Monaco in June 2017.

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Indian Ambassador, Shringla speaks to U.S. Congress about Kashmir

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla met with members of Congress at a private roundtable briefing, hosted by Southern California Congressman Brad Sherman. Sherman, who has been a supporter of India, took to Twitter recently to share his concerns about Kashmir and said serious questions about Kashmir were asked at the briefing.

President Trump is being urged to fix the H1-B visa process and do away with country-specific limits, with the latest effort for reform being spearheaded by 60 U.S. business school deans and CEO’s.

In an earthquake, seconds matter. So on the anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked Northern California, state officials announced the launch of America’s first statewide earthquake early warning system.

Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain will be coming to Boston next month to perform at the Berklee India Exchange, where he will also be conferred with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed music school. A Zakir Hussain Scholarship at Berklee is also being established.

And we have incredible video of three kids from India rescuing their dog from a snake that’s equal parts courageous and nuts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — A federal judge ruled President Trump must turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, striking down the President’s argument that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. The ruling was quickly appealed and this case could end up in the Supreme Court to answer the constitutional question of whether presidents can be charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, the President celebrated a victory by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, as a federal appellate court upheld most of the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. It also ruled the FCC cannot preempt state net neutrality laws, meaning the rules of the road in states like California remain in place.

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee announced their Asia-Pacific and Non-Proliferation Subcommittee will be holding a hearing asking State Department officials and human rights activists to chime in on Human Rights in Kashmir, the Tamils of Sri Lanka, Muslims in Assam and the human rights situation in Pakistan, which includes the Sindh Province.

Lockheed Martin announced they will build F-16 wings exclusively in India, helping in integrating Indian industry into the $165 billion fighter aircraft market.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal convicted of large scale H1B fraud

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SEATTLE (Diya TV) — Tech CEO Pradyumna Samal was convicted of large scale H1B fraud. The CEO of two companies that supplied workers to companies like Microsoft and Amazon plead guilty to using fake documents to get H1-B visas. The Indian national Samal was sentenced to seven years in prison for what federal authorities say “was the largest and most sophisticated H-1B visa fraud scheme we have prosecuted in Western Washington.” 

Inder Singh, a Los Angeles-based Indian American community leader, has died. He was 86 years old. Singh was involved in the inception of a number of Indian American non-profit organizations in the effort to build a stronger relationship between the U.S. and India. Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla said on Twitter that Singh’s contributions have been “significant and his leadership will be greatly missed.”

Indiaspora launched ChaloGive.org, their first online giving campaign that runs October 2nd to the 8th. The goal is to increase levels of giving by the Indian diaspora, inspired in part by the success of Giving Tuesday in the U.S. and Daan Utsav in India.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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